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Comprehensive Land Use Plan

A large part of our responsibility to the public is to educate and inform the public about the nature and process of Comprehensive Planning as well as the State and local requirements for the Comprehensive Plan. The following comments and website links should help with our understanding of the nature of the Comprehensive Plan. Some of the following descriptions have been taken from Rules of Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Chapter 110-12-1, Minimum Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Planning, effective May 1, 2005.

The Comprehensive Plan consists of three basic components – a Community Assessment, a Community Participation Program and a Community Agenda and m ust be prepared jointly by Henry County and its cities, reviewed, and approved by DCA and ARC no later than October 31, 2008. Henry County has decided to carry out this plan jointly with the cities of Hampton, Loc ust Grove, McDonough, and Stockbridge. Once adopted by the five jurisdictions, the Comprehensive Plan will serve as the official long range policy for guiding future decisions concerning land use, zoning, and public facilities for Henry County and its municipalities.

CompPlan Facts

What we commonly refer to as the Land Use Plan is not the Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Plan is but one of eight elements of the Comprehensive Plan.

  1. Population Estimates and Projections
  2. Economic Development
  3. Natural Resource and Historic Resource Protection
  4. Community Facilities and Services Planning and Programming
  5. Affordable Housing
  6. Land Use Planning
  7. Transportation Planning and Programming
  8. Intergovernmental Coordination (between local government and other entities whose actions can have an impact on local planning and land use

The other elements of the Comprehensive Plan include, but are not limited to Public Participation, Data and Mapping Requirements, Cultural Resources, Agricultural and Forestry Lands, Variances, and Plan Amendments.

Is the Land Use Plan the same as the Future Land Use Map?
No. The Future Land Use Map (FLUM) is a graphic expression of the Land Use Plan, and is one of many mapped elements of it. It is not the Plan itself. The Land Use Plan includes a set of policy statements or goals about the way we would like to grow in the future that will guide the way we make decisions about land uses. The Land Use Element provides local governments the opportunity to inventory existing land use patterns and trends; to guide/direct future patterns of growth, based on community needs and desires; and to develop goals, policies and strategies for future land use that support and reflect the economic, housing, community service and natural and cultural goals and policies of the plan. Each local government must address existing and future land uses that are located within the jurisdiction of the local government. The Land Use Plan element must include consideration of any designated or nominated Regionally Important Resource wholly or partially within the local government jurisdiction. The local government must also address areas that are likely to be undergoing any jurisdictional boundary changes within the planning period, if any. Municipalities are strongly encouraged to plan land uses for areas that are or may be reasonably expected to become part of the municipal limits during the next ten (10) years.

The Comprehensive Plan also includes a Community Vision element.
The Vision for the Future of the Community must be included in the Comprehensive Plan and must be supported by the Community Goals and Implementation Program. The Community Vision is intended to portray a complete picture of what the community desires to become based upon public input, the assessment of current and future needs, and coordination with other elements of the plan. The Vision should generate pride and enthusiasm about the future of the community, and identify how the Community Vision addresses Community, Regional and State Planning Goals and Objectives.

The Comprehensive Plan also includes Implementation Strategies.
To the extent practicable, the local government should seek to develop implementation strategies that address more than one goal or objective. For example, encouraging more compact urban development can address more efficient use of existing infrastructure, while at the same time addressing preservation of open space.

The Comprehensive Plan also includes Monitoring and Evaluation Procedures
In addition to the required Short Term Work Program portion of the plan, each element should include procedures for monitoring and evaluating plan implementation. Specific measurable objectives should be included to provide a basis for evaluating effectiveness, such as reporting requirements for entities responsible for implementing the objectives of the plan, records regarding the availability of new or revised data, planning and development activities, other actions taken to implement the plan, such as, capital improvements planning, adoption of intergovernmental or inter-local agreements, issuance of development approvals, certificates of occupancy, and land use changes.

For more information, questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Brecca Johnson at (770) 288-7526.

Last updated: Thursday October 22 2009

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